A man wearing a life jacket took photos of the waves at Indian Wells Beach in Amagansett on Sunday morning.
David E. Rattray
After several days of uncertain forecasts, Tropical Storm Henri appeared on the verge of landfall in Rhode Island, sparing the East End the worst of its winds.
At 8 a.m., central Henri was about 40 miles south-southeast of Montauk Point with maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour, just below hurricane status. A weather station on Block Island had reported a sustained wind of a minute or more of 41 miles per hour and a gust of 50 miles per hour. Narragansett recorded winds of 44 mph and gusts to 55.
Winds of about 33 miles per hour with gusts to about 45 were recorded on an observation buoy about 10 miles in the ocean of East Hampton Village.
The National Hurricane Center said Henri’s forward speed is expected to slow as he approaches land. This would put the region at increased risk due to storm conditions that could last up to two unusually high full moon tides.
On the South Fork of Long Island, the rain had started intermittently before sunrise. At 8 a.m. the rain was heavy, with winds from the northeast and north. At the Montauk airport, the wind was blowing from the north at 18 miles per hour with gusts to 30, according to the National Weather Service.
Most of the businesses were closed on Sunday morning. Some had plywood on their windows, including an insurance agency in East Hampton Village, Dayton, Ritz & Osborne. Tree branches had already fallen in some places, but there was very little sign of property damage.
Shortly before 9 a.m., PSEG-Long Island reported a minor power outage in the Devon area of Amagansett, where 178 homes were without power.
The National Weather Service predicted the winds would increase during the day on Sunday, moving to come from the northwest at about 45 miles per hour with higher gusts. Gusts close to a hurricane could occur in the afternoon as the wind turns west, then southwest around 1 p.m.